What advice would you give to someone who is moving to Virginia Beach, VA?
You don’t really think about it, but living in VaBeach is almost like living on an island - if you need to leave the area, at some point you will have to go over or under water (bridge/tunnel) so choose where to you live to where you work carefully. Rush hour traffic & weekend/holiday traffic can be absolutely stifling.
I belonged to a group in the DC area and would make trips up there on a regular basis. There were a couple times I simply gave up & came home after about 2 hours of trying to get out of Hampton Roads area - traffic was SO bad, I just turned around and went home.
If you have kids, choose a place to live based on the schools you want them in (pretty true in any area). Public transportation sucks. VaBeach taxes you on everything you own… boats, cars, motorcycles “personal property tax”. Military can get a break on that tax if you submit proper paperwork.
I know that all sounds like a lot of downsides, but be assured that there are many good things about the area, which is why so many people like to live here. If you happen to be military (active duty or retired) you access to military benefits are bountiful, including the largest commissary in the country (Oceana) and a HUGE exchange at Naval Station Norfolk - plus many different commissaries/exchanges, etc to choose from.
There is LOTS to see & do right here in VaBeach and the surrounding areas. Within 30 minutes you can be out in the country while living just minutes from the ocean front. There are lots of things to do out in the community - live music festivals, wine festivals, art festivals, military airshows, etc. Virginia Beach Town Center has lots of community activities going on - all good for families.
In about four hours (give or take a few hours with the traffic… LOL) you can visit all the sites of our nations capitol, DC.
VaBeach has just about every type of restaurant you could ever hope to try. Norfolk just opened a new premier outlet shopping center that is right on the VaBeach border.
One caution - if looking to rent or buy…. BE SURE to check into the history of flood issues in that neighborhood. Flooding is a very real problem for many areas in VaBeach. Personally, I would talk to people who live on/near the street you’re interested in and ask about any flood problems they have had. You don’t even have to be on or near water to have these problems, and they can be devastating. Do your homework! BTW - we have lived here since 2000.
WELCOME TO VA BEACH!