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Old 07-22-2013, 01:05 PM
 
Location: Hampton Roads
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Hey there --

I'm trying to decide between two apartments in two separate areas of Hampton Roads. I work for a company headquartered in Norfolk (Military Circle/JANAF area). Moving towards this area probably isn't an option. Most things over there aren't very safe!

Currently, I live in an extremely safe neighborhood near Oceana (Gatewood Park) in a tiny one bedroom studio apartment. I need more space and some amenities.

I am considering Riverpoint Apartments in Norfolk (on Newport Ave) and Wellington at Western Branch (Hellensburg Dr, Chesapeake). Has anyone had any experience with these particular areas or particular apartment complexes?

I liked Wellington, but the thought of driving through the downtown tunnel daily is what is bothering me about moving there. I am thinking my commute could be very long, but I don't travel that way except on Fridays to visit friends in the Habour View section of Suffolk. I feel like it takes forever to get there.

I also looked into Merrimack Landing Apartments near the Norfolk Naval Base (Monitor Way).

Has anyone dealt with these places before?

I am trying to find a one bedroom apartment that allows cats for under $800. Any suggestions or positive prior experiences?
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Old 07-24-2013, 10:55 AM
 
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I don't know about prices...My advice is if you're single move to Ghent (Norfolk) or the oceanfront. It's one thing if you can't afford more than $800 but if it's just frugalness in you, consider raising your range and live a better lifestyle.
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Old 07-24-2013, 02:09 PM
 
Location: Hampton Roads
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LOL!! I am single (kind of, I have a boyfriend but am unmarried, no kids, 27) and am in the mid-40's salarywise. It's not amazing money by any means, but I am thinking that it is probably mostly the frugal-ness in me.

The place I rent now is 500 square feet, no carpet, no dishwasher, no washer dryer, no central air. but it is $530 a month and very safe! LOL! I am just very frugal. LOL!

....the problem though....

no pets. LOL!
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Old 07-24-2013, 02:16 PM
 
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If you like the beach move to the oceanfront, if not, move to ghent...Goal should be to build a large social circle as quickly as possible. Don't waste life sitting on the sofa watching sitcoms or on the computer
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Old 07-24-2013, 02:26 PM
 
Location: Hampton Roads
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Ohhh. I have a pretty wide social circle (wide enough for me as an introvert anyway), so for me a place to live isn't necessarily about meeting people! Just living. I've lived in this area since I was 16, other than the four years I spent up in Harrisonburg. I was just asking about those specific places since I don't know anyone in my network who has lived in them or heard much about them.

I've lived in LinkhornBay Apartments, Emerald Point Apartments, and Birdneck Village. They were all okay. Just looking into other things.
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Old 07-25-2013, 02:53 PM
 
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You don't have to worry about the downtown tunnel driving from western branch, you can take 64. The signs that estimate the travel time to the oceanfront taking 64 or 264 from 664 will give you a good estimate of where the traffic is any given day between 664 and the 264/64 interchange, so you can pretty well avoid the tunnel and its traffic if you want to. After they upped the speed limit on 64 it really doesn't take any longer than 264, when there's no traffic the time difference is a minute or two.

I have no input on the apartment complex, but if you like it that much, it may still be worth considering. I'd recommend trying to travel between the apartment complex and your job once or twice to get a feel of how long the drive feels. And then you have to consider, would you rather make that drive to work and be really close to your friends in Suffolk, or rather the longer drive be to your friends with a short commute?

~Katy
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