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Old 08-12-2009, 03:19 AM
 
Location: Richmond, VA
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Hampton Roads geniuses-I have searched the threads but I think my question is too specific to be easily findable...at least, I can't find it.

We will be moving to Hampton Roads very shortly. My spouse may be working near downtown Norfolk, while I will be working up at Fort Eustis.

I'd prefer that I be the one making the longer or more inconvenient drive (e.g., tunnel)...

1) What's a reasonable/good area to live between or convenient to the two locations, perhaps being more convenient to downtown Norfolk? We can spend up to $2000 or so a month on rental housing, preferring single family/safety above other considerations.

Despite my complete disbelief in T**********'* constant refrains on how housing in Hampton Roads will crash next week and bring the undeserving bourgeoisie to their knees, we're more interested in just renting for the next couple of years for personal reasons.

2) Also, traffic flow...understand I would be going contra-traffic (leaving Norfolk area in morning and heading back in evenings when the main flow is the other way), slightly-slightly-lowering my aggravation factor. True?

Thank you for your time. And if/when one of you links a thread titled 'the perfect neighborhood between downtown Norfolk and Newport News for drivability and safety', I apologize in advance...
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Old 08-12-2009, 05:28 AM
 
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I live in Norfolk now and work at Ft. Eustis. Driving through the HRBT in the morning (around 630) is a breeze. Its the homebound commute that is terrible. Backups are usually around 3.5 to 4 mile through the HRBT and 2 miles throught the MMBT. If you want to be the one driving through the tunnel then check into Ghent and Larchment areas of Norfolk.
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Old 08-12-2009, 06:06 AM
 
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Having to deal with the tunnel is a pain......no one can really say how the daily drive will be because it can and does change daily. Some days it may not be bad will little to no back-ups and you can zip right though it, other days traffic can be stopped dead with no relief is sight because of a break down or accident and you can sit there for hours until it is cleared. Most days it will be a 10mph crawl from a few miles out until you get though the tunnel just because of the heavy traffic volume......

I am not a big fan of living in Norfolk but I guess if I was to offer you suggestions I would also say the Ghent and Larchmont areas and also include the Lafayette/Riverview area
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Old 08-12-2009, 07:49 AM
 
Location: Where ever you're at, that's where you are!
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What about the North Suffolk area? The DH could take the downtown tunnel to Norfolk and you could take the Monitor Merrimac (M&M) tunnel to 264 which connects to I-64. My husband made that commute (in reverse) from Yorktown to North Suffolk area for five years. It's MUCH easier to deal with then the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel (HRBT). Some very nice neighborhoods in the North Suffolk area there off of the Interstate.
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Old 08-12-2009, 07:54 AM
 
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Hampton Roads geniuses-I have searched the threads but I think my question is too specific to be easily findable...at least, I can't find it.

We will be moving to Hampton Roads very shortly. My spouse may be working near downtown Norfolk, while I will be working up at Fort Eustis.

I'd prefer that I be the one making the longer or more inconvenient drive (e.g., tunnel)...

1) What's a reasonable/good area to live between or convenient to the two locations, perhaps being more convenient to downtown Norfolk? We can spend up to $2000 or so a month on rental housing, preferring single family/safety above other considerations.

Despite my complete disbelief in T**********'* constant refrains on how housing in Hampton Roads will crash next week and bring the undeserving bourgeoisie to their knees, we're more interested in just renting for the next couple of years for personal reasons.

2) Also, traffic flow...understand I would be going contra-traffic (leaving Norfolk area in morning and heading back in evenings when the main flow is the other way), slightly-slightly-lowering my aggravation factor. True?

Thank you for your time. And if/when one of you links a thread titled 'the perfect neighborhood between downtown Norfolk and Newport News for drivability and safety', I apologize in advance...
OMG you'll hate the tunnel. My man is stationed at Norfolk for a few weeks right now, and we try to avoid the tunnel at all costs. It makes us stabby.
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Old 08-12-2009, 08:04 AM
 
Location: Hampton Roads, Virginia
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I would also consider Suffolk or Western Branch area of Chesapeake. You would have 2 options - James River Bridge or the Monitor Merrimac. Both of which are better choices than the HRBT. A drive from Ches or Suffolk to Norfolk ALSO has 2 choices - Mid town or Downtown tunnel.

The HRBT is the worst tunnel in the area in my opinion. Backups are very long - especially in the summer. Going thru the HRBT on Fridays's toward Norfolk is just nighmarish. And that is just traffic with no accidents.
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Old 08-12-2009, 08:23 AM
 
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I currently work at Langley and live in Norfolk, the tunnels do always change in regards to stoppages...but I have never found it completely unbearable. Depends on your personality. I live in the Lafayette/Riverview neighborhood and love it, I also pay a very reasonable amount for rent. If your willing to spend up to 2K you will have no problem. Check into listings by Nancy Chandler and Associates and also Exit Realty they both handle properties in the Norfolk area.
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Old 08-12-2009, 09:35 AM
 
Location: Virginia Beach/Norfolk.
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Living in Suffolk is no good because the downtown tunnel is backed up and the MMBT is backed up and goes out of your way, that would mean both of you would have to travel through traffic. I would suggest the Riverview/ Lafayette corridor of Norfolk. It's near the interstate and close to the peninsula, and it's a bout 5-10 minutes from downtown, if you take the city streets.
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Old 08-12-2009, 10:12 AM
 
Location: Virginia Beach
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I like the suggestion of living in chesapeake and you taking the MMBT. But you could live in VA beach too if you don't like to live in Norfolk. Morning traffic isn't to bad but afternoon traffic is terrible, especially lately.

I live in Va Beach and I work at Ft Eustis. I gotta be at work at 0730, I typically leave the house between 0615-0625 and I usually get to work around 0715 and that's with slight traffic on 564 and congestion between 264 interchange and tidewater drive exit.

For the home commute, if the road signs say there is more than 3 miles of traffic I take 664 home (MMBT) and I can get home in about an hour. I'm not a big fan of Norfolk and you should do some research before you settle down (as far as places to live).
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