Neck at a glance:
- Major Cities: Gloucester, Heathsville, White Stone, Kilmarnock, Reedville
- Landmarks/National Monuments/Parks: Belle Isle State Park, Caledon Natural Area, Westmoreland State Park, Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Stratford Hall Plantation, Popes Creek Plantation, Colonial Beach Museum, Kilmarnock Museum, Mary Ball Washington Museum and Library, Richmond County Museum, Northern Neck Wine Trail
- Major Industry: Civil Service, Retail, Manufacturing, Construction
- Counties: Lancaster, Northumberland, Richmond, Westmoreland
Northern Neck & Middle Peninsula
The Northern Neck and the Middle Peninsula form the Tidewater Virginia peninsulas
and together comprise ten counties; Essex, Gloucester, King and Queen, King William,
Mathews, and Middlesex Counties form the Middle Peninsula, while Lancaster, Northumberland,
Richmond, and Westmoreland Counties make up the Northern Neck. Some also consider
King George part of the Northern Neck.
The Tidewater Virginia peninsulas are protected by the Chesapeake Bay and two of
its tributaries, the York River and the Rappahannock River. As a result, the area
boasts well over 1,000 miles of shoreline, which not only provide some of the state’s
most spectacular waterfront views but also ample opportunities for outdoor recreation
and water sports. The region is also home to an extremely long and rich colonial
history, much of which is still evident today thanks to several museums, parks,
and historic sites, such as the birthplaces of Robert E. Lee and George Washington.
Given its natural beauty and relative isolation, Tidewater Virginia real estate
is a popular choice among retirees and second-home owners who cherish its relaxed
pace of life. But because the area is also an easy drive from such employment centers
Norfolk, and Washington, D.C.,
it’s just as desirable among business professionals and commuters. Even families
are drawn to Tidewater Virginia real estate, thanks to the peninsulas’ comprehensive
public school system, which includes the Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School, and the
region’s proximity to many of the state’s institutions of higher learning.
Very few cities spoil the rural serenity of the Northern Neck and the Middle Peninsula.
Instead, charming towns like Reedville, Kilmarnock, White Stone, and Heathsville
dot the landscape and offer residents a selection of independent boutiques, local
crafts, and specialty merchandise, among other amenities. A wealth of small farms
also provides locally grown produce, while several Tidewater Virginia wineries make
up part of the Chesapeake Bay Wine Trail.
In short, the Tidewater Virginia peninsulas offer something for everyone, making
Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula real estate an ideal investment not only for
the young, but also for the young-at-heart.
Northern Neck real estate is prime for investors and people looking for homes for
sale. To find homes for sale in the “Garden
of Virginia”—as George Washington fondly referred to his native land—then contact
any of Long & Foster’s Northern Neck real estate offices.