Virginia Beach VA Homes & Real Estate for Sale
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Sun-kissed golden sands, shimmering blue seas, upscale hotels, untold culinary delights, arts and entertainment, and high-ranking schools barely touch the surface of what there is to love about Virginia Beach. Coupled with affordable real estate and low taxes, it's no wonder that homes for sale in Virginia Beach, VA, have become a hot commodity.
V.B.'s moderate climate, outdoor activities, and slower pace of life have attracted new residents — tired of commutes and icy winters — in their droves. In fact, WalletHub recently ranked Virginia Beach the best big city to live in the U.S. (even though it only has a population of 500,000). It's also ranked one of the top ten cities in the country for safety. If you're one of the many Googling "Virginia Beach homes for sale," allow us to point you in the right direction.
Why Relocating to Virginia Beach Makes Sense
Affordable Homes and Low taxes
Before diving into all the wonderful things Virginia Beach has to offer, if you're thinking about relocating here, you'll want to know the basics first. With an average effective tax rate of 0.80%, Virginia property taxes are well below the national average of 1.07%. The average cost of a home as of September 2022 in Virginia Beach was $354.9K, which is well below the national average of $408K.
Even that number is slightly misleading. The spread of homes in Virginia Beach ranges from the millions for beachfront estates to $200-$300,000 for new townhouses and single-family homes in good neighborhoods. The median house price, as of October 14th, 2022, of $251,700 gives a more accurate picture of the affordability of homes in the area. The median age of residents skews low at 36.2, meaning Virginia Beach is keeping and attracting its younger population.
If you're used to dressing in layers of thermal clothing in the winter and sitting in a freezing car, buying a house in Virginia Beach, VA will bring those days to an end. You'll still get all four seasons without the extremes of more northern states. Even in the summer, when everyone flocks to V.B.'s 38 miles of coastline, our offshore breezes keep things tolerable.
You could be forgiven for thinking that Virginia Beach's town center is actually by the beach. It's not — but it's not far. Like most town centers, this area combines a Central Business District with restaurants, retail stores, and entertainment. So, once you've rinsed the sand off your feet and salt of your skin — or are looking for a cool place to hang out in the off season — the Town Center has a lot to offer.
Restaurants: There are 25 restaurants in all, including national staples such as Ruth's Chris Steak House, P.F. Chang's, and The Cheesecake Factory or unique dining experiences such as Tupelo Honey Southern Kitchen and Bar, Ynot Wednesdays and Saffron Indian Bistro and El Azteca Mexican Restaurant to spice up your life.
Retail: Again, a mix of national chains such as Pottery Barn, West Elm, Lululemon, and Brooks Brothers, as well as renowned local establishments including Eclectic Design Florist & Gifts, Quirks, and The Royal Chocolate, make up the retail mix in Downtown VB.
Hotels: If you want to visit Virginia Beach in the off-season to get a lay of the land, there are two main hotels in the Town Center — The Hilton Garden Inn and Westin.
Entertainment: No night out is complete without letting off some steam at the Funny Bone Comedy Club. Their guests include nationally renowned funnymen/women such as D.L. Hughley and Ms. Pat.
You can find a more diverse mix of entertainment at the Performing Arts, Zeiders American Dream Theater (ballet, jazz, open mic), and Muse Paintbar for Paint and Sip parties and classes
Aquarium & Marine Science Center
Virginia sits on the Atlantic Ocean at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. As such, it's a haven for fresh and saltwater marine life that can best be seen at the hugely popular Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center. This is a must-see attraction if you're into turtles, sharks, conservation, and more. The aquarium also organizes boat tours for whale and dolphin watching.
In the summer, all the action is at the Oceanfront. It's buzzing with energy and activity with live music, food stands, rollerbladers, and joggers whizzing around the famous three-mile, 28ft wide boardwalk. In the distance, swimmers and surfers bob around on the glittering waves, while the hotels, restaurants, and guesthouses bustle with business.
The state of Virginia is steeped in pivotal U.S. history. The iconic Cape Henry Lighthouse is the site of the "The First Landing" by English settlers in 1607 heading to Jamestown. It's a federally funded public works project and built from the same Aquia sandstone used throughout Washington D.C. Constructed in 1881, it's surrounded by the Joint Expeditionary Base Fort Story and is open seven days a week. It's one of the area's must-see attractions for history buffs.
Arts & Entertainment
Located near the Oceanfront, look no further than the ViBe Creative District for all things artistic and cultural. It's the beating heart of Virginia Beach's artisanal and creative community and is a designated non-profit arts district. It's also where you'll find music festivals, murals, and the Old Beach Farmers Market.
Virginia Beach has a rich music tradition. Artists such as Pharrell, Missy Elliot, and Timbaland all hail from the area, so it's not surprising to know that it's home to some stellar music festivals. One of the best attended is the Neptune Festival which attracts over 500,000 visitors. The American Music Festival is also popular, drawing big crowds every August.
Atlantic Fun Park
Atlantic Fun Park's 100-foot Ferris Wheel is the place to go if you want to get a bird's eye view of the beach action. If you're scared of heights, don't worry; there are many rides for thrill seekers and younger kids alike.
One of A Kind Seafood
One thing you can be guaranteed of living on the coast is a mouth-watering selection of fresh seafood. Calypso Bar & Grill covers all bases. Chix on the Beach serves a Chesapeake Bay tradition — Steamer Bags — steamed seafood with corn-on-the-cob, red potatoes, and more.
If you're searching for Virginia Beach homes for sale, you're likely looking for homes in good school districts. The good news is you'll be spoiled for choice. The area has one of the highest concentrations of top-ranked schools in Virginia, with nearly 70,00 students registered in the Virginia Beach Public School System. Amongst the best public schools academically are Old Donation School, North Landing Elementary School, and Kingston Elementary School, based on the school's math and reading proficiency test scores. Other top-ranked schools based on graduation rates and educational activities include Ocean Lakes High School, Princess Anne High School, and Tallwood Elementary.
Virginia Beach has 37 private and independent schools to choose from. The Norfolk Academy or Catholic High School in the Catholic School district are highly ranked as are the Chesapeake Bay Academy and Tidewater Collegiate Academy.
There are four well-regarded universities in the Virginia Beach area: Regent University, Virginia Wesleyan University, South University (all private), and Old Dominion University (public).
Buying a Home In Virginia Beach
There is a broad spectrum of home styles and prices throughout the Virginia Beach area, starting under $100,000 for small studios and condos and going up into the millions for luxury beachfront mansions. You'll find plenty of historic homes and farmhouses on the outskirts of town and brand-new communities with single-family homes ranging from $220,000 and going up to $900,000.
There are many safe, desirable communities in the Virginia Beach area to choose from, depending on your needs. Amongst the most popular are Alanton/Baycliff, Asheville Park, Bay Colony, Christopher Farms, North End, Little Neck, and Pungo.
To learn about Virginia Beach houses for sale in these areas and elsewhere, please get in touch with me at: 757-777-7577