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Old 01-23-2013, 05:57 PM
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Moving to Norfolk/Virginia Beach area for 3-6 months and trying to find short-term housing. My husband will be working at BAE Naval Shipyard (Norfolk/Portsmouth line). We have 2 kids (ages 4&5) and want to have plenty to keep busy, within walking distance would be a plus. Also want a safe neighborhood. We've never been to the area and have no idea what it's like.

We are considering:
The Heritage at Freemason Harbour (Norfolk)
Cambria at Cornerstone (VA Beach town center)
Midtown @ City View (VA Beach town center)

Anyone have any experiences, good or bad, with these places/surrounding areas? Any suggestions at all?
Thanks so much in advance!! Stressing about finding a good place to be!
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Old 01-23-2013, 06:05 PM
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I am not familiar with The Heritage but I am familiar with the location of the Cambria and Midtown. If you want location I would definitely go with Midtown. It is pretty walkable although it's just on the outskirts of Pembroke. It is on the fringe of the CBD which has Town Center. There you will find plenty of restaurants (admittedly chains) and some retail. There is also nearby a theatre, Barnes and Noble, small mall with Target as well as a Walgreens among other things. IMO Cambria is just an urbanish enclave unto itself. You can't really walk to anything and there is not much surrounding it. Good luck!
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Old 03-29-2013, 11:05 AM
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Thank you @citydweller! We ended up finding a winter rental by the oceanfront until May 31.
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Old 03-30-2013, 11:56 AM
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I'll put it like this, you will never regret living in The Heritage or somewhere near Ghent after your winter rental expires.

1 Lots of college students and younger professionals; very easy to make new friends quickly.
2 Dozens of local and unique restaurants, bars and clubs.
3 Lots of things to do within walking distance or a very short cab ride/drive, minor league baseball, hockey, a sleuth of festivals.
4 Close to your husbands work.

Be sure and visit town center and watch how old it gets. Keegans, Gordons and the YardHouse are the only happening places...Most other restaurants are pretty pricey, such as Ruth Cris, Somonas and PF Changs.
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