at a glance:
- Major Cities: Chesapeake, Great Neck, Hampton, Kempsville, Lynnhaven, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Smithfield, Suffolk, Virginia Beach, Williamsburg
- Landmarks/National Monuments/Parks: Busch Gardens, Virginia Zoo, Water Country USA, Chesapeake Planetarium, Chrysler Museum of Art, Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia Marine Science Museum, Jamestown Settlement, Colonial Parkway, Norfolk Botanical Garden
- Major Industry: Civil Service, Education, Food Service (Smithfield), Healthcare, Tourism
- Counties: Gloucester, Isle of Wight, James City, Mathews, Southampton, Surry, York
With a rapidly growing population of more than 1.5 million, Hampton Roads ranks
within the top 10% of the country’s largest Metropolitan Statistical Areas. But
the phrase Hampton Roads actually refers to both the water and the land located
in the region. Only 18 miles from the open ocean, Hampton Roads Harbor is one of
the world’s naturally deepest, ice-free anchorages. It is also the nation’s leader
in coal exports and the home of the world’s largest naval station, Naval Station
Norfolk. With its close proximity to the water, many people choose to buy Hampton
Roads real estate.
Hampton Roads is made up of seven counties and a number of independent cities, including
Chesapeake. The region is served by two major airports,
Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport and Norfolk International Airport.
It also boasts several well-known institutions of higher learning, such as Old Dominion
University, Hampton University, Eastern Virginia Medical School, and the College
of William & Mary, the second-oldest school in the nation.
Although it provides almost one-third of the region’s jobs, Norfolk has managed
to retain its charm as a waterfront city with a modest population of nearly 250,000.
Situated on the banks of the Elizabeth River, the city has over 120 unique neighborhoods,
many of which are experiencing a successful renewal. Attractions are diverse and
plentiful, and include the Chrysler Museum of Art, the 155-acre Norfolk Botanical
Garden, and the Virginia Zoo.
Virginia Beach, by contrast, is the most populous
city in Virginia with nearly 500,000 residents. Although the city has a sizeable
military presence, many of Virginia Beach’s attractions are centered on its reputation
as a lively beach resort. Golf and surfing are extremely popular, and kids will
love the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center with more than 100 hands-on
exhibits. Virginia Beach is popular among people looking to purchase Hampton Roads
When it comes to major attractions, however, nothing in the region beats
Williamsburg, a great place to buy Hampton Roads real estate. The city’s
population of nearly 12,000 is dwarfed by the 4 million sightseers a year that visit
Colonial Williamsburg, an interactive restoration of the state’s original capital.
Other popular Williamsburg-area destinations include Busch Gardens theme park, Water
County USA, Jamestown, Yorktown, the Williamsburg Winery, and the city’s outlet
Both Portsmouth and Chesapeake
offer a slower pace of life. A charming port city of 100,000, Portsmouth’s family-friendly
activities range from antique shopping and walking tours of Portsmouth’s Old Towne
Historic District to visiting the Children’s Museum of Virginia and riding on the
“Pokey Smokey,” a miniature steam train. Chesapeake, meanwhile, offers its 200,000
residents a variety of outdoor interests, like the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife
Refuge, the 48-acre Chesapeake Arboretum, and the 27-hole Cahoon Plantation Golf
From its bustling waterfront to its dynamic cities, Hampton Roads real estate has
no shortage of appeal. If you’re interested in finding Hampton Roads real estate
or homes for sale,
then contact any of Long & Foster’s real estate offices in Hampton Roads.
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