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Old 05-03-2010, 11:01 AM
 
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My fiance and I are looking for recommendations on neighborhoods in Newport News or Hampton. Any recommended areas for a couple in their 20's? We are looking to rent an apartment in a safe area that also has shops and restaurants. I'm moving from Philadelphia, so I'm more accustomed to an urban environment. Thanks for the help!
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Old 05-03-2010, 02:27 PM
 
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check out Port Warwick, City Center or Villages of Stony Run in NN; check out Peninsula Town Center in Hampton. These are all mixed use developments with shops and restaraunts that you are looking for.
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Old 05-03-2010, 09:46 PM
 
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DON'T DO IT!! NN is an extremely depressing and boring city. If you are used to an urban environment like Philly, this city will leave you sick. There is no where to have a nice dinner and go walking. Most of the people in NN will go to the mall if they want to walk at night. There is literally no where else to go. Port Warwick is tiny and feels so contrived. There is nothing in NN but strip malls and 7-11's. I would highly encourage you to spend a week there before making any commitments. If you have to move to this area, look at Williamsburg. It has some character ... NN has nothing.
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Old 05-27-2010, 06:24 PM
 
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Default Good advice, but...

I too think that you should spend a few days in ANY PLACE you plan to move. NN isn't Philly, or New York, or El Paso, or Walla Walla, that is true. It has it's own identity. Too many strip malls and 7-11s? Agree. Show me a suburban area that isn't that way today. I like it here in the Hilton Village neighborhood. It is more urban than most of the others in the city. If you really want the (good) urban life and you can handle the commute through the tunnel(s), consider Ghent/West Ghent on the edge of downtown Norfolk, or downtown proper since there has been a lot of new housing put in during the last decade. Full of young singles and young couples. Williamsburg has many fine areas too, but it is just a little too far from everything else for my taste. Good luck.
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Old 05-28-2010, 02:36 PM
 
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Friends are just moving to City Center at Oyster Point and they are really excited about it. Urban environment means a little different thing around here than it probably does in Philly but this is a pretty nice mixed-use area for a young couple with restaurants, shops, and places to walk that is also within 5 miles or so from the interstate, patrick henry mall, noland trail, CNU, and various museums as well. It is not complete yet, but is an up-and-coming area in the overall plans for the city.

City Center at Oyster Point - Newport News, Virginia
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Old 05-28-2010, 06:21 PM
 
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you can check out chapman apartments at the PTC. shops, restaurants, wineries.

Luxury Apartments | Peninsula Town Center | Hampton VA | The Chapman Apartment

or you can check out downtown hampton. like the others said, port warwick, city center, stony run, hilton village are all good choices too.
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Old 06-01-2010, 06:26 PM
 
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From my opinion (maybe I'm biased because I grew up there), it's not really a great place to move to - there's not much to do here unless you have decent money (the stuff in city center is way overpriced) or want to go across the water to VA beach. Newport news is, frankly, a fairly boring place - yeah, you can go hike, or visit the museums, but you can only do that so many times. There is some interesting stuff across the water, but it can be quite a haul to get out there as well, especially with military and commuter traffic.

If you're dead set on moving out here, hilton village is a nice place. I grew up in the Glendale area (between Todd's Stadium and CNU, a middle class fairly quiet neighborhood) and like it fine, but that's really more along the line of houses than apartments/condos.
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Old 06-01-2010, 07:47 PM
 
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Friends are just moving to City Center at Oyster Point and they are really excited about it. Urban environment means a little different thing around here than it probably does in Philly but this is a pretty nice mixed-use area for a young couple with restaurants, shops, and places to walk that is also within 5 miles or so from the interstate, patrick henry mall, noland trail, CNU, and various museums as well. It is not complete yet, but is an up-and-coming area in the overall plans for the city.

City Center at Oyster Point - Newport News, Virginia
UHGrad - You are such a liar. There are only a few reasons I can imagine for your strong opinions and constant presence in promoting the Peninsula on this forum:
  1. You're a realtor
  2. You or your family owns a business in the area
  3. You've never been out of the area and don't know any better

There is nothing for a young couple to do in Newport News and they will find you out when they visit. City Center at Oyster Point is urban? 5 restaurants and a Banana Republic the size of a bathroom? Don't confuse your group of friends and little activities with living in a fun city. Newport News is a cemetery and it should be completely tilled-under and started anew.
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Old 06-01-2010, 09:18 PM
 
Location: Norfolk, VA
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I grew up on the Peninsula. Newpot News/Hampton are not bad places, and have actually been improving, but I cannot recommend them for a young person to move it. There's nothing to do other than shop at big box stores. Cost of living is high in comparison to the low local salaries.
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Old 06-02-2010, 01:27 PM
 
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UHGrad - You are such a liar. There are only a few reasons I can imagine for your strong opinions and constant presence in promoting the Peninsula on this forum:
  1. You're a realtor
  2. You or your family owns a business in the area
  3. You've never been out of the area and don't know any better

There is nothing for a young couple to do in Newport News and they will find you out when they visit. City Center at Oyster Point is urban? 5 restaurants and a Banana Republic the size of a bathroom? Don't confuse your group of friends and little activities with living in a fun city. Newport News is a cemetery and it should be completely tilled-under and started anew.
Didnt say it was urban, I said urban means a different thing around here and that given their list of desires I thought that was one of the better fits for them in the area.. There is an area to walk, concerts on the fountain, coffee shops, restaurants etc... I put a link there so they can judge for themselves, Im not trying to trick anybody. Where was there a lie and why are you so angry?

Patrick Henry mall IS just up Jefferson, Noland Trail IS just down J Clyde by CNU. The living museum IS right there? How am I a liar?

My only real reason on the forum is boredom at work while my programs are running... and your assumptions couldn't be further from the truth. I am a scientist and I've lived in 7 states. Grrrrrrrrrr, relax. LOL
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