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Old 02-28-2011, 01:20 AM
 
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Hello. I'm a single, professional, and looking to relocate with my 3 children in June. They will be attending middle and high school and therefore, safety, great schools, and a family oriented community are real pluses for me. I value privacy and prefer more of a laid back lifestyle. I really would like some feedback about moving to the Chesapeake area vs. Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk. (I'm not quite fixed on either at this point). Though not quite 40, I'm still young at heart yet more of a settle kind of girl. Having choices of places to frequent for adult social like, etc is important but not a priority. (As long as there are options and accessibility for the arts and entertainment, I'm good). I would prefer just as many choices for my growing adolescents and a healthy mix of fun and recreation. Creating a good home and family life is a priority for me. Cost of living is somewhat of a concern in that initially I will be renting and would like to stay on a budget of appx. $1200 at most for rental as I will be living off of savings. Commuting issues are relevant to me, but I do have some flexibility in that I am a consultant and have a choice in what cities I will work. If all works out and I love the area that I work and live, I hope to buy a home and live happily ever after.
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Old 02-28-2011, 05:06 AM
 
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Out of all of the Hampton Roads 7 cities, or the ones you mentioned, I think you'll like the Western Branch-Churchland-North Suffolk area. This is known as the general area where the cities of Chesapeake, Portsmouth and Suffolk meet at the border lines.

I mention this area because you say you're interested in a laid back lifestyle, and this area of Hampton Roads is just that. Western Branch is the far northwestern portion of the city of Chesapeake, Churchland is the far west protion of the city of Portsmouth, and North Suffolk is the far northeastern portion of the city of Suffolk.

I don't know too much about Western Branch, so I can't comment on that part of Chesapeake for you, but I do know that Churchland is the best area for the city of Portsmouth by far. Not saying that every neighborhood will be perfect, but it is definitely the best of the bunch. Olde Towne Portsmouth is nice, but you would have to deal with IC Norcom High School.

My recommendation would be the North Suffolk area. You say that you're also looking for a family oriented community, and there are plenty of those in that part of Suffolk along Route 17 and in the Bennetts Creek communities, which is one of the safest if not the safest area in Hampton Roads. The homes there will also provide the privacy your wanting. If you were to choose this area, theres lots to do in the Harbour View community. Theres resteraunts, places to go shopping for both retail and groceries, big department stores and a movie theatre. That part is fairly new with new developments planned, including the Harbour View Towne Center which plans to be complete in 2013, and rival Virginia Beach's. As far as schools, the middle school is John Yeates Middle and the high school is Nansemond River High School. I'm not familar with the middle school, but I do know that the high school is best in that city academically.

No matter if you decide to choose North Suffolk, Churchland or Western Branch, in addition to the Harbour View area, Chesapeake Square Mall is only minutes away, you'll have easy access to the pennisula because your right at the James River at the monitor merrimac bridge tunnel that'll take you to Newport News and Hampton, and about 20 minutes away your from downtown Norfolk. Feel free to do your own homework, but at the end of the day you get to come home to a quiet space thats not far from great activites across the area that would probably appeal to you and your kids.

If you haven't done so yet, I also invite you to check out some photos from across the Hampton Roads area here: //www.city-data.com/forum/hampt...ton-roads.html. You'll be able to see some of the places I mentioned in those pictures.

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Old 02-28-2011, 10:50 AM
 
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Thank you for the interesting photos and information.
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