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Old 03-01-2008, 05:27 PM
 
Location: Memphis, TN
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My husband and I are planning a relocation to Norfolk or Portsmouth, VA in about two years.

We would like to know if anyone could give us guidance about where to move. I will be working for a major hospital system and he is a truck driver, we are both Christian with grown children and grandchildren. I am a cancer survivor and would like to be able to walk without fear of being jumped for some pocket change, cell phone....We currently live in Memphis, TN and want OUT.

We are your typical middle class, middle aged people. We enjoy horses and hiking and some history.

Anything you could tell us would be highly appreciated.
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Old 03-01-2008, 09:56 PM
 
Location: Northern Florida
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Early welcome to Hampton Roads! As stated in many other posts... you would want to live and work on the same side of any given bridge/tunnel in this area due to traffic. So try to avoid living in Norfolk and having to commute to Portsmouth or vice versa. Horses, hiking and history sounds a lot like Williamsburg & Yorktown areas of Virginia rather than Norfolk or Portsmouth which are very urban. Our big hospital systems are Sentara and Bon Secours.
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Old 03-02-2008, 09:29 AM
 
Location: Memphis, TN
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:-) Thank you very much!!!
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Old 03-03-2008, 08:34 AM
 
Location: Hampton Roads, Virginia
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There are many nice, established neighborhoods in Portsmouth. Most of them are all located on the NE side of the city - away from the downtown area. You would also be close to Chesapeake Square Mall - 3 super Walmarts, Target and a brand new Kohls (and other shops soon to come).

Right in the middle of Hampton Roads - 30 min to Newport News or Virginia Beach (not in rush hour though .
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Old 03-06-2008, 10:08 AM
 
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Also ,you might want to look into Suffolk. It is still mostly rural, but developing quickly. Many areas still allow horses depending on local zoning.
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Old 03-06-2008, 10:13 AM
 
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"We currently live in Memphis, TN and want OUT."

Thats funny you say that. I recently had an opportunity to relocate to Memphis with my job, but couldnt sell my home quickly enough. Maybe it was a blessing in disguise. I researched the area for months, and visited for a few days. Cost of living is very cheap there, but I guess there is a reason!
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Old 04-06-2008, 10:19 PM
 
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I have lived in Portsmouth, Va. for over 30 years and my husband says it is a best kept secret. You hear a lot of bad stuff but we live close to downtown in an older neigborhood. It is true that some areas are not so good. But the West ParkView section has been good for us. They have built some very expensive homes near the Navel Hospital too. But take my advice and live in the City that the hospital is in that you are going to work at. The tunnel traffice is horrific!! Trust me, I work in Norfolk and the only thing that saves me is that I work shift work so I miss the traffic delima at peak times.
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Old 04-07-2008, 03:19 PM
 
Location: Virginia Beach
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You didn't say if you want to own horses, or just be close to a ranch or stables (or both). Suffolk, Chesapeake, and Virginia Beach all have rural areas, but I can't really think of any in Portsmouth or Norfolk.
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Old 03-26-2010, 07:38 AM
 
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My husband and I are planning a relocation to Norfolk or Portsmouth, VA in about two years.

We would like to know if anyone could give us guidance about where to move. I will be working for a major hospital system and he is a truck driver, we are both Christian with grown children and grandchildren. I am a cancer survivor and would like to be able to walk without fear of being jumped for some pocket change, cell phone....We currently live in Memphis, TN and want OUT.

We are your typical middle class, middle aged people. We enjoy horses and hiking and some history.

Anything you could tell us would be highly appreciated.
We own a home in a historical section of Portsmouth called Port Norfolk. It is a quaint area with two churches within walking distance of the home and one has bells that ring every day at noon. We are nearly finished updating and renovating the home and are looking for a nice family to rent it. This was our first home. We have owned it for 18 years. The renovations and updating my husband has done are beautiful!! The kitchen has new marble counter tops and will soon have ceramic tile floors. We have removed all the carpeting and it has finished heart of pine floors in most of the remainder of the house. It has 3 bedrooms and 1.5 baths.
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Old 03-26-2010, 10:02 AM
 
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There are horse pastures on Dock Landing Road in Chesapeake, about 20 minutes from Portsmouth.
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