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Old 04-21-2010, 09:32 PM
 
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Glad I came across this. I drove through burbage tonight (~7) to take a look at the area. It seemed ok, nothing glaringly good or bad, but definitely convenient to my office compared to my current commute. I currently live by the northern edge of Newport News by the park (a few miles past Denbigh, fairly quiet area).

Should I shy away from Burbage if I don't want to have hear about petty theft/break-ins in the neighborhood around me on a regular basis? The other thing that I'm worried about is shopping (groceries), seemed like only a food lion, harris teeter, and wal-mart close. We typically do all my shopping at either Fresh Market, Trader Joes, or the Williamsburg Farmers Market on weekends. Anything comparable within a reasonable distance in Suffolk?
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Old 04-22-2010, 10:39 AM
 
Location: Hampton Roads, Virginia
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Just a little further from Burbage Grant is Bennett's Creek - right down 17. That might interest you more - or even HarborView. However, I would assume that Denbigh and Burbage Grant are actually pretty similar.

As far as shopping goes...the Harris Teeter is BRAND new and beautiful inside and is actually close in quality to Fresh Market. I was impressed (and I am not a Harris Teeter shopper). Down 17 near Bennetts Creek is a newer Farm Fresh - HUGE!!! Again, much, much better selection than a normal Farm Fresh. Even further down 17 (almost to the JRB) is a Bloom. I have not shopped there, but I think it is on the same scale.

Personally, I shop at Trader Joes and Fresh Market in Newport News when I am up there, but the other Trader Joes is in Va Beach.

I would take an easy drive to work every day over having close access to Trader Joes. It would not that far to go there every few weeks - I do it weekly!
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Old 04-22-2010, 06:43 PM
 
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Glad I came across this. I drove through burbage tonight (~7) to take a look at the area. It seemed ok, nothing glaringly good or bad, but definitely convenient to my office compared to my current commute. I currently live by the northern edge of Newport News by the park (a few miles past Denbigh, fairly quiet area).

Should I shy away from Burbage if I don't want to have hear about petty theft/break-ins in the neighborhood around me on a regular basis? The other thing that I'm worried about is shopping (groceries), seemed like only a food lion, harris teeter, and wal-mart close. We typically do all my shopping at either Fresh Market, Trader Joes, or the Williamsburg Farmers Market on weekends. Anything comparable within a reasonable distance in Suffolk?
No Fresh Market or Trade Joes here. NN is the closest ones to Suffolk.

I wouldn't look in Harbourview, but I would look at the Riverfront. (Note- Harbourview is the general area and the "Harborview Golf Villages" is the original neighborhood of Harbourview. These are big vinyl Victorians and people don't take very good care of their homes in there.) The Riverfront is across from the Harris Teeter (you'll see the lighthouse statue and SunTrust Bank at the main entrance) that's much nicer and people in there take better care of their property. Also included in the Riverfront is further down Harbourview Blvd, you'll see a giant Townbank complex as well as the fairly new Riverstone Chop House.
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Old 04-24-2010, 08:34 PM
 
Location: Richmond, VA
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I actually rent in Burbage Grant.

It has so far been quite safe in our area, with no crime I can discern but in all fairness it is very close to a somewhat sketchy area of Portsmouth. You *could* walk in from that sketchy area, it would be quite a hump. And someone here for bad reasons would stand out like a sore thumb.

I absolutely *love* the commute to the Peninsula from here. MMBT has been a dream.

No kids in elementary age, so I can't address that here.

If you're looking to buy, I can tell you the rental I have has been an absolute nightmare in terms of construction quality. Something goes substantially bad on the house nearly every month-wiring, siding, plumbing, etc. Never very expensive to fix, but be aware of it-to the point I would certainly NOT buy in B. Grant without looking extremely hard and ruling out whoever built this house, even if we do buy elsewhere in Western Branch (which we are considering).
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Old 04-24-2010, 11:04 PM
 
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If you're looking to buy, I can tell you the rental I have has been an absolute nightmare in terms of construction quality. Something goes substantially bad on the house nearly every month-wiring, siding, plumbing, etc. Never very expensive to fix, but be aware of it-to the point I would certainly NOT buy in B. Grant without looking extremely hard and ruling out whoever built this house, even if we do buy elsewhere in Western Branch (which we are considering).
We'll see a lot more of this in the future. I can tell you from first hand experience that new homes around here are built like crap.
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Old 05-03-2010, 07:18 AM
 
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Unfortunately, no super cool places to grocery shop...used to live in Wmsburg, loved the fresh market, trader joe's, even ukrops....still, there's more than the food lion, wmart, and teeters. There's a very nice Farm Fresh on 17/shoulders hill. The service is usually impeccable. Super friendly. There's an older on in western branch which is just ok. There's also a kroger 10 minutes from here...in portsmouth. They have a really great produce section and LOTS of organics. The farmers market is really not that great here and it's all the way in downtown suffolk...apparently suffolk is forcing participants to purchase very expensive insurance to participate and that holds down the number of vendors. There are produce stands and a farmers market right around chesapeake square market though....
also, when i suggested harbourview....i meant riverfront as well....that whole area is kinda harbour view...
also, again, stay to the right hand side of the road if you do burbage grant....unless you're back by elementary school, which is fine.
as lame as this sounds, i'm super excited about the new panera....i've been wanting a panera....yummmmmm.
also, a call to the school board informs me that redistricting will happen downtown and around schools which may possibly close due to budget cuts, but no one is talking about any changes to northern shores lines anytime in the foreseeable future....still gotta say the middle school is not fabulous.
i concur with the other writer that drove by in the evening....drive thru on a friday or sat night, it is what it is. different neighborhoods within burbage have a different vibe. my little niche is full of jogging military folks, people walking dogs, pushing strollers, grilling, mowing grass....pretty normal, boring stuff...blissfully boring, just how i like it....
not looking forward to the garage sale day when all the strange people speed thru the neighborhood (once every spring and fall), but it's only one day and all the neighborhoods 'round here seem to do it...i hear you can get good deals if this is your kind of thing.
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Old 05-03-2010, 12:06 PM
 
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I just noticed the new Panera going in. I've tried to avoid WM lately so I haven't gone over there.

It should be nice when it opens in what, 4 days now? Much better than the place that was there, whatever it was. I went in there once and walked out, disgusting looking and only about 5 menu selections.
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