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Old 02-08-2013, 08:42 PM
 
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Hi Everyone:

So I got a job with the Navy and Marine Corp Public Health Center in Portsmouth, VA. I have to start in less than a month and need to find a place to live!! I am 29, so I would like to have an active social life. My budget is around $1000... would love to get a 2 bedroom, but can do with a 1 bedroom if there is space!! Would love to be able to walk to shops, have walking trails around, and be close to a good gym!! I am so lost about where to live. I have heard Ghent, VA Beach, Norfolk. I really don't want to rent a house. Open to a townhouse, prefer an apartment. But really open to everything. I NEED YOUR HELP!!
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Old 02-08-2013, 10:04 PM
 
Location: Norfolk, VA
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Ghent is the most walkable part of the area. You'll have to commute though a tunnel, but you will be going the opposite direction of most of the traffic. I do it every day and it's fine. Portsmouth has a few hip areas but overall I wouldn't recommend it. Anything other than Norfolk or Portsmouth will be boring for a 29 year old in my opinion.
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Old 02-09-2013, 07:52 PM
 
Location: Norfolk, VA
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I agree with stva, Portsmouth is pretty ghetto overall. Norfolk has some pretty nice areas but I would definitely look around before making a decision on a place to live online. Unfortunately the cost of living is rather high so finding an apartment for $1000 in a decent area might be a challenge. The tunnels can be a pain depending on what time your travelling to and from work so that's something to consider. I was told when I moved here to try and live on whatever side of the tunnel you'll be working. Fortunately everything is pretty close together so you can jump on 264 and be at the beach in no time and there the HRT rail system, the Tide, is pretty convenient too. Overall the area is nice though. I've lived here for 4 months now and was hesitant when I found out I was moving here because everyone kept telling me it was ghetto. I've not had any issues so far though and the people overall are pretty nice for a "big city". I lived in Fayetteville, NC for a while and it is definitely a step up. Good luck on your move.
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Old 02-10-2013, 05:53 AM
 
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I have lived in hampton roads the past 12 years, and can tell you va beach would be my preference coming from another state. For your price range consider renting privately from either private owner or property managed by realtor. My best place I lived in here was privately managed, the company was great to work with.
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Old 02-10-2013, 07:19 AM
 
Location: Norfolk, VA
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Hi Everyone:

So I got a job with the Navy and Marine Corp Public Health Center in Portsmouth, VA. I have to start in less than a month and need to find a place to live!! I am 29, so I would like to have an active social life. My budget is around $1000... would love to get a 2 bedroom, but can do with a 1 bedroom if there is space!! Would love to be able to walk to shops, have walking trails around, and be close to a good gym!! I am so lost about where to live. I have heard Ghent, VA Beach, Norfolk. I really don't want to rent a house. Open to a townhouse, prefer an apartment. But really open to everything. I NEED YOUR HELP!!
Ghent is in Norfolk. If you're working in Portsmouth, probably best to live there, because the tunnel traffic is a lot to deal with on a daily basis, though you'll eventually get used to it. But Portsmouth is ghetto; as are parts of Norfolk, so pick your poison.

Not sure if Portsmouth will give you the walkability you're looking for, because the parts that are walkable, do not have the amenities you'll find in Norfolk. Downtown Portsmouth could be really cool, but there is a lot of lost potential there.
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