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Old 10-24-2012, 09:55 PM
 
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We are probably moving from the NOVA area in Springfield/Burke area to Virginia Beach or Chesapeake. My husband will work at Dam Neck naval base. Wondering what the differences are in quality of life. Is it slower pace? Schools as good?
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Old 10-25-2012, 06:32 AM
 
Location: Durham, NC (Ballantyne/Charlotte in Sep)
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We are probably moving from the NOVA area in Springfield/Burke area to Virginia Beach or Chesapeake. My husband will work at Dam Neck naval base. Wondering what the differences are in quality of life. Is it slower pace? Schools as good?
Grew up in Hampton Roads and now live in NoVA.

VB/Chesapeake has a slower pace of life, schools are a step down but both cities have good school systems especially being larger cities, housing is a little cheaper, less racial diversity, lower wage scale, crime is higher but majority of VB or Chesapeake is safe.
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Old 10-26-2012, 07:10 PM
 
Location: Chesapeake, VA
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I have lived in both areas...Chesapeake/VB is a slower pace like The Dissenter said...

NOVA: better food/shopping diversity, bike trails, 99cent dry cleaning for men's shirts, can handle snow better than this area, storms at any time of the day

Chesapeake/VB: better water options (fishing/boating/etc), less "keeping up with the Jones" mentality, less traffic, about to be more tolls (may not apply for you depending where you live), less population density, thunderstorms tend to be in the late afternoon
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Old 11-07-2012, 01:38 PM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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We moved from VA Beach to Nova this year-you will see a slightly slower pace, a beachy atmosphere in the summer, and schools aren't quite as good as FCPS. That being said, Virginia Beach, then Chesapeake, has some nationally ranked schools. Check out GreatSchools.org. Princess Anne, First Colonial, And Cox are all good high schools in VA Beach. There is more diversity in Hampton Roads versus Nova (not sure how much you venture into DC which is obviously more diverse). The area is smaller. But both areas are very vanilla-big box stores, chain restaurants, etc. Traffic can still be a nightmare. There is definitely less to do regarding museums, culture, night life, etc. But there is the beach!
We find it pretty similar to here. It does seem we have more parks/things to do here year round (festivals, sports, etc). But that's because of proximity to DC and the larger area as a whole.
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Old 11-08-2012, 03:32 PM
 
Location: Portsmouth, VA
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We are probably moving from the NOVA area in Springfield/Burke area to Virginia Beach or Chesapeake. My husband will work at Dam Neck naval base. Wondering what the differences are in quality of life. Is it slower pace? Schools as good?
Traffic is nothing like it is in NOVA. Not as many roads, road not as wide, slower pace, more working class, more middle class. NOVA is a suburban extension of DC; albeit it high-density, etc. like most cities. Hampton Roads has its own unique character.

You won't find many high-rises in Virginia Beach or Chesapeake though. More mid-rise, low-rise, particularly in Chesapeake which doesn't have any high-rises at all though I think that may change in the near future; all depends on if that city can outgrow Virginia Beach. There is enough density to cause some serious traffic issues; we do have light rail in Norfolk that will inevitably come to Virginia Beach but I don't know where Chesapeake stands on the issue.
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Old 11-09-2012, 09:40 AM
 
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Chesapeake does eventually want light rail...would love to see it somehow reach Greenbrier.

And no, Chesapeake doesn't have high rises, unless you count the four- or five-story buildings in Greenbrier off I-64. And I'm okay with that. I'd rather that not every city try to outdo each other with "downtowns". Although the Dollar Tree execs want to expand the area near Dollar Tree HQ and make a a "town center" there.
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Old 11-09-2012, 08:05 PM
 
Location: Portsmouth, VA
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Chesapeake does eventually want light rail...would love to see it somehow reach Greenbrier.

And no, Chesapeake doesn't have high rises, unless you count the four- or five-story buildings in Greenbrier off I-64. And I'm okay with that. I'd rather that not every city try to outdo each other with "downtowns". Although the Dollar Tree execs want to expand the area near Dollar Tree HQ and make a a "town center" there.
First time hearing about Dollar Tree developing a town center. Didn't realize that they owned that much property in Greenbrier either. That should be interesting, I wouldn't give them any money to do it though.

I do like Aura though, it is an interesting use for that property.

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