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Old 02-13-2012, 08:14 AM
 
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Hi,

My husband and I are considering relocating from Northern VA to Chesapeake. I guess I'm looking for anyone who has relocated from NOVA and any pros and cons.

We're 35 years old, no kids. We may start a family in the near future. We own a home in NOVA that we would sell and buy a place in Chesapeake. We've been in NOVA for 15 years and are just looking for a change. The biggest upside has been the home prices in Chesapeake. I figure we can get a nice sized home with a nice backyard. We're kind of tired of the NOVA rat race and just want quiet living. Although, I do love the conveniences of NOVA.

Any pros and cons would be helpful.

Thanks!
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Old 02-13-2012, 02:34 PM
 
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Hi,

My husband and I are considering relocating from Northern VA to Chesapeake. I guess I'm looking for anyone who has relocated from NOVA and any pros and cons.

We're 35 years old, no kids. We may start a family in the near future. We own a home in NOVA that we would sell and buy a place in Chesapeake. We've been in NOVA for 15 years and are just looking for a change. The biggest upside has been the home prices in Chesapeake. I figure we can get a nice sized home with a nice backyard. We're kind of tired of the NOVA rat race and just want quiet living. Although, I do love the conveniences of NOVA.

Any pros and cons would be helpful.

Thanks!
I grew up 25 min from Chesapeake in Hampton and lived in Alexandria for 6 years.

Big differences

- Chesapeake is much slower paced and laid back than NoVA.
- Chesapeake is not anyway near racially diverse as NoVA. However Chesapeake is very well racially intergrated.
- While the schools aren't as good as NoVA, they are IMO of a high quality.
- Provided you live on the same side of the water you work traffic isnt as horrid as NoVA.
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Old 02-16-2012, 07:16 AM
 
Location: Chesapeake
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Parts of Chesapeake are very rural still while others are much more suburban. Schools are on the whole good, there are some zones that are rated better then others, the top three would be Hickory, Grassfield, and Great Bridge. They are pretty equal in terms of quality. You can buy a nice house here for a lot less than in NOVA, it just depends on what you are looking for in a neighborhood. We don't have the large planned communities like in Ashburn but a lot of smaller nice neighborhoods. Heck there is a 5000 sq foot house in my neighborhood on the water that is way cheaper than you could find in NOVA but it still isn't cheap....

You are not going to find the number of places to eat, shop, do things as close by as you would up North. It's a trade off.... more laid back, friendly people and more bang for your buck here, more activity where you are now.
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Old 02-16-2012, 08:45 AM
 
Location: Chesapeake, VA
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I have moved back and forth between NOVA and Hampton Roads twice and agree with what everyone said...especially the working on the same side of the water thing. Depending on where in Chesapeake you end up (and where you get a job), you may have to go through a tunnel...and they plan to start charging tolls for a couple of them soon.

Pros:
- laid back
- won't spend 10+ hours of your week commuting to/from work
- can pretty much get to where u want to be in 30 mins or less...usually
- 3 hours drive back to NOVA to visit (which is nice in the summer when everyone is heading down this way for the weekend)
- housing prices
- less snow than NOVA (may be a pro or con depending on your preference)
- friendlier people

Cons:
- lack of diverse food options (compared to NOVA)
- lack of diverse shopping options (compared to NOVA)
- hurricane threat is greater than in NOVA
- doesn't have the political pull of NOVA (not party-related, but we don't get as money as NOVA does...i.e. tolls for infrastructure improvements)



My advice would be for you to come down here during the week/weekend (say Thurs - Sat) and drive around and explore.
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