Take Me Home Hampton Roads
Another move, another base, another house. Joining the military often means moving around the country every few years. As home to several military bases, including the world’s largest naval base, Hampton Roads is also home to a large number of service members and their families. Hampton Roads may now be home to you! A widespread but still close-knit community welcomes all of our service members and their families relocating here.
Family Resources When Relocating
Moving can be difficult, especially if young children are along for the ride. Luckily, Hampton Roads offers a wide support system for military families to help smooth out the transition. There are dozens of programs in every city in Hampton Roads designed to help you and your family adjust to your new home and community.
For example, the Fleet and Family Support Center offers a variety of workshops on ways to cope with deployments, tips for managing finances, and much more. Some programs are more specific, such as the Budget for Baby Workshop or the Stroller Warriors. The Budget for Baby Workshop, hosted by the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, helps educate new parents on how to make financial decisions, how to save money, and how to develop a family budget. The Stroller Warriors in Virginia Beach and Yorktown offers dual benefits -- health and community. Joining this running club helps you meet other military families in the area while still offering you a fun workout. Stroller Warriors also participates in various networking, fundraising, and community service projects and can be found on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/StrollerWarriors/
Other popular programs can be found at community centers throughout Hampton Roads. For example, the Norfolk Public Library hosts a variety of great programs for children, including KindeREAD and Tales to Tails. KindeREAD works to help younger children get ready for kindergarten while Tales to Tails lets students read to therapy dogs in order to improve their reading skills. The Big Brothers, Big Sisters program also offers an opportunity exclusive to military families. The Military Mentoring program pairs military kids (ages 6-18) with Big Siblings in the military, ROTC, or a military school. There’s also the Armed Services YMCA of Hampton Roads which offers both before- and after-school care as well as hosting family events regularly.
Hampton Roads has every community amenity you can dream of. Boutique shops? We have that. Big malls and shopping centers? Yup. Familiar chair restaurants? Definitely. Cool local eateries and coffee shops? You bet. Good schools and nearby colleges? They’re here. Parks and outdoor activities? More than a few. Whatever you’re looking for, you can find in Hampton Roads.
Just some extra icing on an already delicious cake -- as the home of one of our country’s largest military communities, many Hampton Roads businesses and services offer military discounts. Many of our nearby theme parks and summer hotspots provide these discounts including Busch Gardens, Colonial Williamsburg, Great Wolf Lodge, Ocean Breeze Water Park, and King’s Dominion. Local and day spots are also giving back to our service members! Looking for an educational adventure? Visit the Nauticus, Norfolk Botanical Garden, Virginia Air and Space Center, Virginia Aquarium, Virginia Living Museum, or Virginia Zoo for a quick trip full of fun and learning. Local restaurants also frequently offer discounts to service members and their families. For example, almost every store in MacArthur Center offers military discounts. Many others throughout Hampton Roads post notice, but always make sure to ask at the counter; chances are you’ll get a yes!
Schools and education are a vital part of the Hampton Roads community. Some of Virginia’s best schools are in the area. For example, the Hickory School System and Grassfield High in Chesapeake have families rushing into those districts. There’s also Norfolk Academy, the oldest secondary school in Virginia, which boasts an amazing campus and even better curriculum. There’s also an abundance of colleges and universities nearby, including Old Dominion University, the College of William & Mary, Regent University, and many others.
At least partially due to the large military population relocating, Hampton Roads real estate wasn’t hit quite as hard as the rest of the country. So, should you or your spouse be re-stationed, re-selling won’t break the bank. With the comfort of a solid real estate market behind you, it’s time to decide which home is best for you! While on-base housing is always an option for military families, there are plenty of other great options throughout the Hampton Roads area.
Virginia Beach is the area’s largest city. With miles of beachfront properties, an Oceanfront boardwalk, and tons of golf courses, this city is perfect for those looking to add a little fun to their relaxation. Norfolk is the place for city lovers. Full of new urban developments, Norfolk is a veritable cornucopia of downtown hotspots, industry, architecture, and culture. Chesapeake is a big city with small town charm. Largely suburban, this family town offers country clubs, shops, restaurants, etc. Portsmouth is another urban city but also offers Old World charm and a variety of city vistas.
With so many varied communities and cities so close to one other, Hampton Roads has a home for everyone. Downtown, uptown, in the country, or on the water -- whichever city you pick, the Hampton Roads community welcomes you!