Norfolk’s residential areas are comprised of several unique neighborhoods offering a texture of urban chic coupled with unique architecture that spans more than 400 years. A recent downtown renaissance is finding the business arena flourishing and the demand for housing stronger than ever.
With a history that spans more than 400 years of history, Norfolk is celebrated as the gateway to Hampton Roads and is the cultural, financial and entertainment heart of the Virginia waterfront. It is home to the world’s largest naval station and one of the country’s largest ports. A strong military history and the international airport make the area accessible from anywhere.
The City offers world-class entertainment venues including the Harrison Opera House, Chrysler Hall, NorVa Theater, Roper Performing Arts Center, Scope Arena and a host of diverse local music venues. Norfolk’s eclectic collection of eateries offers something for everyone and every appetite, from traditional Southern faire to a wide range of nouveau and international offerings. Whatever your preferences, you can find it in Norfolk.
Take a tour on a tall ship in the Elizabeth River visit the Chrysler Museum of Art, the Douglas MacArthur Memorial, and Nauticus, the National Maritime Center. From spring through mid-winter, there are premier festivals and events that attract singles and families alike. A boater’s paradise, the area also has marinas and waterways to please any fisherman or yachtsman. From its harbor side sites to its beautiful beachfronts, Norfolk never lacks for entertainment.
A sampling of Norfolk’s neighborhoods
FREEMASON HISTORIC DISTRICT
With charming tree-lined cobblestone streets, Freemason is just west of the central business district and is situated along the Elizabeth River and Freemason Harbor. Steps away from all the cultural, recreational and dining amenities of the City, it was recently named one of the country’s Top 10 Great Neighborhoods. As one of the first historic districts in Virginia it is listed on the Virginia Landmarks Register for Historic Places. It is the only neighborhood in Norfolk where you can find three centuries of architectural styles.
Stately single family homes and rowhomes with intricate detailing are reminiscent of a bygone era and blend beautifully with more contemporary architecture. Converted warehouses and newly constructed condominiums and apartment add variety to suit a wide audience in this great neighborhood.
Just north of downtown, Ghent is a thriving and pedestrian-friendly community offering diverse cultural, shopping and entertainment venues. From local neighborhood bars, breweries and eateries, to more sophisticated restaurants offering international cuisine, Ghent is a favorite dining destination. The Ghent Historic District is on the National Register of Historic Places and includes 184 contributing buildings
The housing in Ghent is one of the most eclectic and delightful assortments in Norfolk with turn of the century apartment buildings next to rows of cozy bungalows that mix well with newly constructed and recently converted condominiums. Handsome single family homes offer stunning examples of Queen Ann, Colonial Revival and Tudor Revival style homes that would suit the most discerning buyer. Gent offers a selection of homes styles for every budget and preference.
DOWNTOWN AND GRANBY DISTSRICT
From the waterfront to the Opera House, Granby Street is knows as the main artery for the downtown business area, and is also a thriving and popular residential destination. From Millenials who prefer trendy, upscale condominiums and apartments with state of the art finishes to the Empty Nesters who are looking for vibrant urban living and city amenities, the Granby District has attracted residents who embrace the downtown lifestyle. The recent conversion of historic buildings into residential lofts has made this area one of the most unique in the entire region.
St. Paul’s neighborhood to the east of the central business district includes converted lofts, condominiums and townhomes near MacArthur Center, Norfolk’s five-star regional mall. The emerging Arts District to the north offers elegant condominiums with exquisite finishes for the discerning purchaser who desires a quite, elegant environment just steps from the heart of Norfolk.
Whether you are looking for a modest priced condominium, or a luxurious penthouse, downtown has it all.
LARCHMONT AND EDGEWATER
Only 5 miles north of the heart of the city, Larchmont-Edgewater was created at the turn of the 20th century to accommodate a growing city and attract families who wanted the space and serenity of a suburban neighborhood that was close to downtown. By 1912, there were 64 homes in this upscale neighborhood making it one of the fastest-growing Norfolk suburbs. Bordered by the Elizabeth River on the West and the Lafayette River on the east, many streets wind around the rivers and inlets, some with large medians and small, lovely parks.
Ranging from palatial estates to charming bungalows, this prominent area is knows for its lovely architecture and well maintained lawns and is considered a premier residential location.
Designed and built along the Chesapeake Bay in the tradition of Atlantic Coastal villages, East Beach brings a mixture of timeless architectural character to this unique neo-traditional community. Front porches, picket fences, sidewalks, parks, cozy balconies with stunning views of the Chesapeake Bay are only a few of the attributes that has made this neighborhood one of the most popular residential destinations in the region.
Only a twenty minute drive from Norfolk’s center and just ten minutes from Norfolk International Airport, East Beach offers classic single family homes and townhomes with meticulous architectural detailing and upscale appointments. In addition, there are luxurious Villas with views of the water and marina and affordable Carriage Hones with cottage style windows. Owners have access to the East Beach Bay Front Club and all the community amenities. East Beach – a neighborhood like no other in the area.