Norfolk, Virginia

The Waterfront City For Lovers

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Colonial Place

College Students

Colonial Place is a hotspot for college students. It’s a great choice for anyone who likes a beautiful historic neighborhood with a chill vibe, but the youngsters love it for the walkability to a great social scene, affordable housing and safe streets all right next to Old Dominion University. Breweries, good cheap eats, and water play on the Lafayette River makes it ideal for a fun lifestyle.

  • Colonial Place


Young Professionals

As with many cities, Downtown is the place to be for young professionals. It is home to Town Point Park, where great festivals happen every year. It’s also home to Harbor Park, the ballpark for the AAA Baltimore Orioles’ team, and the Norfolk Scope Arena, an amazing complex which hosts the Norfolk Admirals hockey team, and also has Chrysler Hall, a performing arts theater, and a 10,000 sq-ft exhibition hall. In addition to all this action, you also get the center of the restaurant and bar scene in the city. All of this within walking distance for those who pick a downtown condo or apartment.

  • Downtown
  • Colonial Place

Granby Street


Granby Street is an LGBTQ+ nightlife hotspot for Norfolk. Plenty of cool bars and clubs run by and for the community have made Granby Street the place to be since the 1970’s. Ghent is another good neighborhood option. The community is progressive and it features a number of LGBTQ+-owned businesses. The homes are older but proudly well-kept and beautiful.

  • Granby Street
  • Ghent
  • Lafayette



Larchmont is a stunning place to start for families. Located on the Elizabeth River and bordering beautiful Old Dominion University. Huge historic homes, some dating back to the 1800s alongside bungalow options for younger/smaller families. Quiet, with tree-lined streets and water views it is close to Downtown for when you need some action or if someone in the family works there. Waters Edge and Larrymore Lawns are more suburban style neighborhoods, with smaller more affordable homes, but also filled with gardens for quiet play.

  • Larchmont
  • Waters Edge/Larrymore Lawns
  • North Shore