As one of the cities in the South Hampton Roads, Chesapeake with an estimated population of more than 232,000 is the third largest city in Virginia and the second largest by land in the state. It is included in the Virginia Beach, Newport News, Norfolk, VA-NC vicinity and was organized by voter referendum in 1963. Chesapeake's urban areas and many square miles of protected farmlands, wetlands and forest extend from rural North Carolina up to the ports on the Hampton Roads, including a large portion of the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. It is home to miles of residential, commercial and industrial waterfront property on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. Beautiful protected natural areas are the pride and joy of Chesapeake. This area was created in 1691 as the Virginia Colony and has grown up with America. The outstanding amount of history from 1691, through the Revolutionary Way to present day is a mecca for history buffs. Chesapeake is divided into six boroughs of South Norfolk, Butts Road, Pleasant Grove, Deep Creek, Washington and Western Branch and there are also many individual communities. Largest employers include the City of Chesapeake and its public schools and the Chesapeake Regional Medical Center in addition to other businesses and industries.
With US 165 as the main artery you can get anywhere in the Chesapeake area. Home to the Chesapeake Golf Course and close to Tidewater Community College it is an ideal place for families and students. Parks and schools in this top rated neighborhood are excellent for the 23,000 residents. Median home prices are $320,000, rents around $1,400 and average incomes $88,000. Older and newer built family homes and apartments create a great community. Winston's Raw Bar and Grill on Cedar Road near Tidewater College has a great variety menu including fresh seafood and is very family friendly. Bad Habits Wings and Oyster Bar on Mount Pleasant is well known for great wings and busy happy hour. There are plenty of activities for families and singles including boating, fishing, swimming, bird watching and other outdoor activities. The Edinburgh North Shopping Center is handy off US 168.
From US 168 and east of Battlefield Blvd, Great Bridge East has many four and five bedroom homes in this family community. Convenient shopping is near at the Hanbury Village on US 168. Ruby Tuesday is a great place for dinner with the family on N. Military Hwy or maybe Cal's Pizza right outside the Navy Base in Norfolk on Hampton Blvd for great pizza and wings. AJ Gators Sport Bar and Grill on N. Pleasant has a variety of beers and good food for happy hours. Median home prices are at $320,000 but rents are below $900. Schools and parks and access to other neighborhoods is great. Take the family for a day out to the James Town Museum in Williamsburg or maybe tour the Battleship Wisconsin at Norfolk. You won’t' lack for things to do and places to see.
Take US 168 to Greenbrier West for a busy community of beautiful homes and amenities. The Battlefield Boulevard Shopping Center is a great place to find what you need. Oak Grove Lake Park is a nice handy recreation area for a picnic and day out. There are many local Farmer's Markets in the area for fresh produce. Check your local paper for what's open. Median home prices are around $225,000 with rents over $1,000 and average incomes $67,000. Many great schools include Montessori Laboratory School on Madison Plaza and the Veritas Prep School on Oak Grove Road. Frank's II Italian Restaurant on N. Battlefield Blvd is great for family dining. Or perhaps Seasons 52 for a date night for special seasonal dishes and wines and desserts. They are on Greenbrier Parkway. Kelly's Tavern on Battlefield Blvd, N. has great appetizers and drinks. It’s a little over 200 miles to Washington D.C. You can drive up for the day or take the train or bus. This entire area is rich in history with so much to discover and appreciate for all ages.