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Old 07-08-2010, 12:47 PM
 
Location: nova
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Hello. My husband and I are considering jobs in Norfolk and Suffolk. We are both from NoVA but both lived in Norfolk for a few years. We would love to live in the Ghent area again but I know most of the houses there don't have big yards and are not on the water. We are looking for:

1) cute neighborhood with big lots, waterfront if possible
2) good schools (have heard good things about Norfolk Academy and Collegiate)
3) close to shopping/restaurants, culture etc.

Coming from the DC area, I'm hoping we won't have total sticker shock when we get there. Thanks in advance for any advice. E
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Old 07-08-2010, 12:55 PM
 
Location: Norfolk, VA
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I'm not in Nova but prices should be considerably lower here, unless you are thinking about moving downtown, but even then they should be lower.
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Old 07-08-2010, 03:51 PM
 
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Larchmont neighborhood
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Old 07-10-2010, 02:11 PM
 
Location: norfolk
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Some of the neighborhoods that are right around the water are Larchmont, Edgewater, and Lochhaven. They are right above ODU campus. They seem perfect for families, as they have a Fairfax/Arlington suburb feel, but with water. There are some neighborhoods with yards and such in Ghent as well.

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I'm not in Nova but prices should be considerably lower here, unless you are thinking about moving downtown, but even then they should be lower.
any decent area in Norfolk can be just as expensive.
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Old 07-11-2010, 01:26 AM
 
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Larchmont neighborhood
2nd that
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Old 07-12-2010, 05:28 PM
 
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Hello. My husband and I are considering jobs in Norfolk and Suffolk. We are both from NoVA but both lived in Norfolk for a few years. We would love to live in the Ghent area again but I know most of the houses there don't have big yards and are not on the water. We are looking for:

1) cute neighborhood with big lots, waterfront if possible
2) good schools (have heard good things about Norfolk Academy and Collegiate)
3) close to shopping/restaurants, culture etc.

Coming from the DC area, I'm hoping we won't have total sticker shock when we get there. Thanks in advance for any advice. E

Hey! Welcome back to Norfolk! I just moved back after being gone 28 years. I live in Lakewood for the same reason you mentioned, the lot sizes in Ghent. Actually there are some darn good deals in Ghent right now. Larchmont is on the water but the lots may be small there too. Although they are larger than Ghent lots. If you want a large lt, close to water...try Lochaven(23508??), Larchmont(23508), Lakewood(23509). There is a fantastic house for sale in my neighborhood right now(23509). I honestly think it is the best lot in Norfolk. I walk my pup there everyday! It is for sale for 1,050,000. But is has 2 huge live oaks, 2 piers, on a huge peak which goes way out on the river. The view is unreal. Go on realtor.com and do a search.
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Old 07-13-2010, 08:06 PM
 
Location: nova
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Default Thanks everyone

Thank you for all your responses. I'm just now starting to look...wish me luck!
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Old 07-14-2010, 06:38 AM
 
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Hello. My husband and I are considering jobs in Norfolk and Suffolk. We are both from NoVA but both lived in Norfolk for a few years. We would love to live in the Ghent area again but I know most of the houses there don't have big yards and are not on the water. We are looking for:

1) cute neighborhood with big lots, waterfront if possible
2) good schools (have heard good things about Norfolk Academy and Collegiate)
3) close to shopping/restaurants, culture etc.

Coming from the DC area, I'm hoping we won't have total sticker shock when we get there. Thanks in advance for any advice. E

Why not live in the Hickory section of Chesapeake? You can get a house on as much land as you wish, 3 acre lots are very popular. Hickory public schools are rated very good so that would save you 40K a year by not having to send your children to private school in Norfolk
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