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Old 02-23-2007, 11:21 AM
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I’m from Long Island and I am considering a move to Virginia. I am taking a trip to look at Norfolk, Suffolk, VA Beach, and some other nearby cities. I have heard some great things about Suffolk, but also heard that it is "in the middle of nowhere." Is this true? I do not need to be in a very busy, fast paced environment, but would like things to do. Some shopping, restaurants, and nightlife would be nice...

Also, is anyone familiar with the Harbour Breeze Lifestyle apartments? Is this in a safe area? What is the average age of the residents? I am in my early 20s. The photos on the website look great, but are they accurate?

Any information would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 02-24-2007, 06:45 AM
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Yes for most part Suffolk is way out middle of nowhere. The area they are in is a little closer to Norfolk but I would look at Greenbrier area or Va Beach for more life style choices. Where will you be working (traffic can be rough for some commute so that is factor. I have been in area 10 yrs and about to leave for new job. There are some really nice Apts on Battle Feild right off highway for easy commute.
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Old 02-25-2007, 09:31 AM
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i th ink suffolk is near Smithfield which is ian up and coming suburb. check out Smithfield.
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Old 02-25-2007, 02:05 PM
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I would not consider moving to Smithfield ...very rural...population 6500-7000 If you are from the NYC area, you will be bored to death..Nearly everyone who lives in Smithfield has to travel at least 15 miles to Newport News for shopping, restaurants, etc.
Virginia Beach is a large, thriving city with plenty of activities and of course, the ocean.
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Old 02-27-2007, 10:23 AM
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Yes, basically if you like activity and nightlife, Suffolk will probably be too rural for you, even Smithfield. If you're in your early 20s, I strongly recommend the Ghent area of Norfolk, it's the hippest place in that area, with nightlife, quirky pubs and restaurants, and brownstone apartments. It's lot of fun, and centrally located. If you're from Long Island, the traffic and cost should be comparable, if not less. The only thing I'd say is that you should determine where you're working first, as the tunnels in the Hampton Roads area can be a major pain.
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Old 02-28-2007, 01:15 PM
Location: Chesapeake, VA
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I live in Northern Suffolk and we are pretty much part of the Western Branch area of Chesapeake and the Churchland area of Portsmouth. I can be in downtown Norfolk in 15 mins when it isn't rush hour. Most new development is in my area.

However, Suffolk is HUGE. Driving west on route 58 it takes us about an hour just to get out of Suffolk...so you could end up in the middle of nowhere (but the way they are building around here, it won't be that way for much longer)
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Old 03-04-2007, 12:23 AM
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Smithfield is fantastic and booming and housing prices are still reasonable. My hubby's aunt and uncle just built over there and love it. They are 15-20 minutes (non rush hour) from nice, upscale restaurants and shopping in Hampton. I would at least visit the area.
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Old 04-02-2007, 03:24 PM
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It really depends on what your used to and what you looking for. I live in NY but not the city and i lived just outside of LA also. I love this area. It's close enough to things to get there quickly if you want but far enought to not be in the middle of EVERYTHING. You don't hit rush hour going down the road but can get just about everywhere. I love it.
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Old 01-16-2008, 04:40 PM
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Suffolk, is great. i have been here for over 3 years and it is growing dramatically. something new going up everyday practically. let us know your status since you posted last.
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Old 04-03-2008, 08:26 PM
Location: Hampton, VA
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Having been to NYC and Long Island many many times I can tell you to please believe me, Suffolk will bore you. There are new developments in Northern Suffolk, but people telling you its hustle & bustle mean well, but they really haven't seen NYC more than likely. Virginia Beach near town center is going to be the area that probably comes the closest to Long Island, there is plenty to do, the beach isn't far, traffic is moderate, very diverse area, decent clubs/bars around etc.. People that say traffic is sooo horrible probably relocated here from some rural area due to the military and never left. They don't get the concept if being stuck in traffic in their resendential neighborhood lol. Having been everywhere and having an open mind I love the area. We have a little bit of everything here. Hope this helped
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