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Old 02-17-2010, 11:45 PM
 
Location: IN soon to be VA
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It seems so. I want to move to Chesapeake with my hubby who's in the military (I don't like Norfolk the ghetto is too mixed in with good areas, I don't like Va Beach too crowded and jet noise sucks, don't like portsmouth, we like suffolk but the commute is too far) and it seems like all the reviews of every apartment in hampton roads speak of bugs, or mold, or loud disturbances/ crime and I just don't know what to do...
As far as rent, we're willing to pay like $800-$1220/ month but that's about it.
Any good apartments in chesapeake, like out in great bridge or greenbrier? It seems like the appts I saw just had some horrible ratings.
We both are thinking about renting a home or a condo or townhome... would this be a smarter option?
Never in my life have I seen a place where mostly all the apartments get bad reviews... that's kind of sad... and frustrating to new people who want to move. I'm normally very good at research, but this place has me stumped.
Tips? advice? Any recommended places? websites? etc?
Thank you.
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Old 02-18-2010, 04:11 PM
 
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There are some nice looking apartment complexes along Kempsville Road (between Centerville Tpke and Volvo Pkwy). It borderlines the Virginia Beach/Chesapeake border. Keep trying, I'm sure you will find something!
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Old 02-18-2010, 05:24 PM
 
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A lot of people around here like to gripe, but no one is really big on giving praise. Don't let on-line reviews keep you from visiting a complex you think looks nice to see if it's a good fit for you. BTW Chesapeake has jet noise from Fenterss, and not all of VAB is crowded with jet noise. You have to be careful no matter where you live around here. There is jet noise in almost all of the south side cities. I can tell you you'll need to be at the top of your price range for a decent apartment. You should call the complexes you're interested. Most around here accept military set aside, and offer a rent discount for participating in it.
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Old 02-19-2010, 09:58 AM
 
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Dominion Pines ~$850 - great location, relatively safe, clean, quiet area

apartmentratings.com tells it all
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Old 02-19-2010, 01:30 PM
 
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
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A lot of people around here like to gripe, but no one is really big on giving praise. Don't let on-line reviews keep you from visiting a complex you think looks nice to see if it's a good fit for you.

Actually Im a frequent visitor/poster to a few different cities boards, and Hampton Roads by far has the most vocal and highest percent of people who do not like the area of all of the boards Ive been on. It also has one of the slowest rates of growth of all of the boards Ive been on. Coincidence? Not likely.
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Old 02-19-2010, 02:52 PM
 
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we lived in chesapeake emperium, behind greenbrier mall. our 2 br, 2 bath was 1250/month. very clean, safe, quiet. we loved it. the only reason we arent there anymore is because we bought a house.
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Old 02-19-2010, 03:03 PM
 
Location: Va Beach
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Actually Im a frequent visitor/poster to a few different cities boards, and Hampton Roads by far has the most vocal and highest percent of people who do not like the area of all of the boards Ive been on. It also has one of the slowest rates of growth of all of the boards Ive been on. Coincidence? Not likely.
or the same people who do not like the area...think about it. It's what you make of it. Go to Charlotte, the real estate market is so terrible, they won't even let the news people report it on site. Been there all week...it's not pretty.

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Old 02-20-2010, 10:46 AM
 
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Ginger, lucky you. You have the advantage of being there and knowing what you like and don't like. My husband is military and we are moving to the area soon and I am not excited. Although my brother is from Norfolk, I have not been there. He tells me horrible things about the area. I agree that it is what you make of it though, so we will try to make the best! Our rental range is the exact same as yours. I have no clue about the area, so please keep in touch and let me know what you find and your advice would be great. Thanks.
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Old 03-04-2010, 12:13 AM
 
Location: IN soon to be VA
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Thanks everyone for your commentary.

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Ginger, lucky you. You have the advantage of being there and knowing what you like and don't like. My husband is military and we are moving to the area soon and I am not excited. Although my brother is from Norfolk, I have not been there. He tells me horrible things about the area. I agree that it is what you make of it though, so we will try to make the best! Our rental range is the exact same as yours. I have no clue about the area, so please keep in touch and let me know what you find and your advice would be great. Thanks.
I definitely wouldn't recommend living in Norfolk unless it's in one of the rare good areas. I just personally don't want to live there.
As far as the area, there is lots of military. I'd greatly recommend Chesapeake. I recommend Suffolk too but with Suffolk it's a harder commute that's farther away and involves a lot of tunnel traffic. Chesapeake makes you feel more like you're actually in Virginia rather than a packed place with tons of military.
I did see a couple apartments in Chesapeake that I think is worth checking out at the very least.
It is what it is. I really like the feel of Chesapeake, especially Great Bridge Chesapeake. It has a suburban country feel and is where I would love to eventually settle. Greenbrier is nice as well.
The whole area is decently racially mixed which I like.
So that'd be my recommendation. But all in all it is up to you.
My spouse and I are just about to sign a lease to rent a townhome in Chesapeake because I'm realizing that renting a home/townhome/condo is a better decsion for us than an appartment. Even though some are very expensive to rent, there are a few diamonds in the crud lol. But apartments are what you make it. Just like life is. So whatever you chose, just remember that it is what you make it out to be. I'm renting a townhome though and I'm so excited to move in
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Old 03-04-2010, 04:00 AM
 
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Thanks everyone for your commentary.



I definitely wouldn't recommend living in Norfolk unless it's in one of the rare good areas. I just personally don't want to live there.
As far as the area, there is lots of military. I'd greatly recommend Chesapeake. I recommend Suffolk too but with Suffolk it's a harder commute that's farther away and involves a lot of tunnel traffic. Chesapeake makes you feel more like you're actually in Virginia rather than a packed place with tons of military.
I did see a couple apartments in Chesapeake that I think is worth checking out at the very least.
It is what it is. I really like the feel of Chesapeake, especially Great Bridge Chesapeake. It has a suburban country feel and is where I would love to eventually settle. Greenbrier is nice as well.
The whole area is decently racially mixed which I like.
So that'd be my recommendation. But all in all it is up to you.
My spouse and I are just about to sign a lease to rent a townhome in Chesapeake because I'm realizing that renting a home/townhome/condo is a better decsion for us than an appartment. Even though some are very expensive to rent, there are a few diamonds in the crud lol. But apartments are what you make it. Just like life is. So whatever you chose, just remember that it is what you make it out to be. I'm renting a townhome though and I'm so excited to move in
Thanks for the info!
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