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Old 01-21-2010, 10:05 PM
 
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Hi everyone, I'm looking for some advice! The husband and I are attempting to buy our first home, and are on a budget, like everyone these days. We've been looking around Virginia Beach(super expensive), Norfolk (hit or miss), and Chesapeake (lots of room, far from everything), and are very interested in an older house with great floors and a ton of room that happens to be dead in the middle of the "historic South Norfolk" area of Chesapeake. The way some people are describing the area, we might as well walk around with targets on our chests, shouting "Please mug me, break into my house, then shoot me" to the skies. Is is really that dangerous in the area, or has it undergone some of the rehabilitation that Ghent and Olde Portsmouth have experienced? We love this house, it's in suprisingly good condition, and it's a great deal for our budget. However, I want to live somewhere where I don't have to fear for my life or property, and that has some degree of resale potential somewhere down the line. Any thoughts or advice is much appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 01-22-2010, 05:15 AM
 
Location: Virginia Beach/Norfolk.
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South Norfolk maybe had three or four homicides the entire year last year. I don't think it's all that bad. People in Hampton Roads that live in the newer outer suburbs like Southern Chesapeake, VB, etc. look down upon the older, historic, more minority neighborhoods.. I'd live there if that was my price range.. especially if the house was nice.
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Old 01-22-2010, 06:38 AM
 
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has it undergone some of the rehabilitation that Ghent and Olde Portsmouth have experienced?
Not yet... This area has a ways to go still in my opinion. I wouldn't fear for my life over there but I would fear for my property. I'm sure you can access the police records on the cities website. I'd strongly suggest doing that to see what the crime rates are like.
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Old 01-22-2010, 06:59 AM
 
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
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There is a reason why the property is cheap(er) there. I used to work down off of Portlock, and the whole area is a dump, floods constantly, and sirens are audible 3 out of 5 workdays on any given week. The closer you get towards Military the worse it is I think.

Here is a great tip. If you cant afford a 200K+ house, you should probably just move, period. 90% of the housing below that on the southside is either destroyed or is in a questionable at best area.
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Old 01-22-2010, 10:38 AM
 
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South Norfolk maybe had three or four homicides the entire year last year. I don't think it's all that bad. People in Hampton Roads that live in the newer outer suburbs like Southern Chesapeake, VB, etc. look down upon the older, historic, more minority neighborhoods.. I'd live there if that was my price range.. especially if the house was nice.
Just because it's only 3-4 homicdies does not mean it's not bad.
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Old 01-22-2010, 11:42 AM
 
Location: Land of Thought and Flow
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Here are a few great resources to decide if this is decent, or indeed a paint-a-target-on-yourself neighborhood:

Sex Offender Registry search

Chesapeake Crime Database
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Old 01-22-2010, 12:05 PM
 
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Sorry but South Norfolk has always been and will continue to be a very high crime area for years to come....Your best bet is to first find out what you can afford and then have a real estate agent pull a listing of homes in that price range and then come back to this site with maybe the top 5-10 you like and then you can get some advice from members of what neighborhoods may or may not be good.....

Just ask yourself this question..... if this home has great floors and a ton of room and is in suprisingly good condition, why dont you think it has not sold already?.......Houses dont sell for two reasons, either they are over priced or are located in a poor/high crime area.....Should not be to hard to figure out which catigory this home is in...

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Old 01-22-2010, 02:26 PM
 
Location: Where ever you're at, that's where you are!
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I recall seeing alot about South Norfolk on the news whenever there is a big storm and flooding. Not just a little bit of water in the streets but pretty deep water in the streets.
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Old 01-22-2010, 02:32 PM
 
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
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I recall seeing alot about South Norfolk on the news whenever there is a big storm and flooding. Not just a little bit of water in the streets but pretty deep water in the streets.

That one nor'easter in I think September of 06, the water was clean over my hood. My license plate still has a permanent fold from it.
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Old 01-23-2010, 06:43 PM
 
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The last time I heard about South Norfolk was when that guy was abducted off the street, leading to a shoot out in the middle of I-64 between police and a recently released convict wielding an AK-47. That situation was one of those things that really only involved people who were into some bad sh*t though, and as far as I know, most of the crime in places like South Norfolk is that way. I'm sure if you know how to take care of yourself and stay out of trouble, you could be very happy in South Norfolk. Most of the people there (that I know of) are working class, decent people. Have you been to South Norfolk in person yet?
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