The Best Neighborhoods in Virginia Beach
Your home search should start with finding the right neighborhood. Choosing the best neighborhood in Virginia Beach is just as important as choosing the right house. But not all neighborhoods in Virginia Beach are created equal. Once you match up your lifestyle and budget with the best neighborhoods, finding the right home is very easy. I help people from all over the country find the perfect home in Virginia Beach, but it all starts with finding the best neighborhoods!
What Is The Best Neighborhood In Virginia Beach?
It is important to understand the the best neighborhood for you might not be the best neighborhood for someone else. Sometimes people become very attached to their neighborhoods. Your best friend may have just moved to her new neighborhood in Cape Henry Shores next to First Landing State Park and love it, but you may prefer the well kept lawns of Christopher Farms.
Take the following criteria into account while you search for the best Virginia Beach neighborhood.
Proximity to your work - The traffic in Hampton Roads can be tough during rush hour. Accidents and backups are common going into Norfolk in the morning and out of Norfolk in the evening. The tunnels and bridges add even more drama. Living close to where you work could save you over an hour each day.
School Districts - Cox, First Colonial, and Kellam are three of the best school districts in Virginia Beach. Kempsville, Princess Anne, and Ocean Lakes are also among the best. There are probably many reasons for this, but one of the biggest is money. City and state taxes fund the public schools. Houses in the best neighborhoods cost more to buy and generate more taxes. The people who live in more expensive houses generally make more money so they pay more taxes. Some of the tax money is used to improve the schools. Better schools are more attractive to parents so homes in the best school districts appreciate. The cycle repeats itself.
Virginia Beach Neighborhoods
Sometimes you may find yourself driving through a Virginia Beach neighborhood and suddenly everything changes. One minute all the homes are well taken care of and the next minute gutters are hanging off the roof and there are five cars parked in front of every house. What happened? You crossed into a different neighborhood.
Finding the right place to live is all about the three most important factors in real estate; location, location, and location. The quality of the house next door has as much to do with choosing your house as the house itself. Larger yards command a higher value because they deliver more privacy. Neighborhoods that are well taken care of are worth more because it is desirable to live next to another nice home.
There are hundreds of neighborhoods in Virginia Beach. Finding the best one is one of the most important challenges you face when looking for a new home.
These are some of the best neighborhoods in Virginia Beach. Click on the link to each neighborhood to learn more and see pictures. You can also click on the "Learn The Neighborhoods" link at the top of the page.
Cape Henry Shores
Princess Anne Hills
East Beach (This one is actually in Norfolk, but right on the border of Virginia Beach)
If you feel your neighborhood has been left off this list in error, please tell me why your Virginia Beach neighborhood is one of the best and I will consider adding it to this site.
It is my job to help you match up your lifestyle with the right home in the right neighborhood. I look forward to helping you make the most of everything this incredible beach town and its best neighborhoods have to offer!
Click here to search for homes in the best neighborhoods in Virginia Beach!
Click the highlighted neighborhoods on the map to learn more.
This map of Virginia Beach neighborhoods is best viewed on a big screen. In the upper right corner, click the little square to open to a full screen. On the left side of the map, click the small box that looks like a list to see the neighborhoods.
The best neighborhoods in Virginia Beach are easy to find… if you know where to look. Of course what constitutes the best neighborhood in Virginia Beach varies slightly from one person to the next. At the end of the day, what really matters is that we find the best neighborhood in Virginia Beach for you.
The Best Neighborhoods in Virginia Beach... and high schools
Here is a shortcut to finding the best neighborhoods in Virginia Beach…“school district, school district, school district.” I made this one up, but it closely tied to the oldest rule in real estate, “location, location, location.” The best neighborhoods in Virginia Beach are generally in one of three high school districts; Cox High School, First Colonial High School, and Kellam High School. There are some great neighborhoods in other school districts, like Kempsville, Princess Anne, and Ocean Lakes, but the highest concentrations of the best neighborhoods in Virginia Beach are in these three. Click here for more information on the best high schools in Virginia Beach and why you may want to live in these districts.
LIVING IN THE BEST NEIGHBORHOODS IN VIRGINIA BEACH REQUIRES COMPROMISE
Life is all about compromise, and finding the best neighborhood in Virginia Beach is no exception. When you bring all of your wants and needs into the equation, the apparent lack of choices can make you feel hopeless. “I want this house in that neighborhood.” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard that phrase. But coming to that realization is part of the home buying learning process. It has been my experience that nearly everyone who wants a $400,000 home wants the features of the $450,000 to $500,000 home. The good news is that they can have it! But not in the same neighborhood. The same is true of the $300,000 home or the $800,000 home. The end result is a compromise between wants, needs, neighborhood, and price. Unless you have an unlimited budget, something has to give.
GREAT DEALS ON HOMES IN THE BEST NEIGHBORHOODS IN VIRGINIA BEACH
Deals come and go. Good deals in the best neighborhoods in Virginia Beach tend to move quickly, even in slow markets. Home values change as well. If you asked me three years ago, based on your wants, needs, and budget, what I thought was the best neighborhood in Virginia Beach for you, my answer would be different than if you asked me today. Not because the neighborhoods have changed but because the prices have changed.
Check out the links to some of the best neighborhoods in Virginia Beach on the left side of the page. You will find lots of pictures because I have found that many people, including you, want pictures of the best neighborhoods in Virginia Beach. There is simply no other way to get the feel of a neighborhood without actually driving through it.
Since every family is unique, the best neighborhood for you may be different from even your best friend’s neighborhood. And while your best friend may love her neighborhood, it may not be the best neighborhood for you in Virginia Beach. This is where a little experience goes a long way. And this is why you need a consultant. Consider me your “neighborhood matchmaker.” At some point you will have to leave the computer and actually drive through your favorite Virginia Beach neighborhoods. I know exactly where to start. Just call or email (number's at the top of the page)!Slideshow